Five Incredible Converted Hotels To Visit & Stay



English Heritage works to help preserve historical buildings that add character to our villages, towns and cities as monuments that connect us to the places where we live. UNESCO stands to represent internationally the importance of preserving legacies of the past for future generations to inspire and relate to. Taking inspiration from these two organisations, we look at inspiring conversions of historical buildings into stylish and highly creative hotels. This list presents five stunning examples of beautifully converted hotels from around the world, each one highlighting a unique experience created by the original features of the historic buildings, enhanced by modern technological advances in architecture and interior design. So whether it’s for a long getaway for a short weekend, have a a look at our top five converted hotels.


B2 Boutique Hotel, Zurich, Switzerland

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Three spatial elements in this former brewery residing on the Sahlberg hill in the centre of the city forms this impressive part-listed building into an impressive modern boutique hotel. A boiling house, turbine hall and cooling sector have been transformed and converted through creative interior design and architecture. The hotel features 60 bedrooms and suites, 3,300 m sq of relaxation space and spa facilities including a rooftop thermal bath, two board rooms, a Library lounge and hotel and bar facilities. As you enter the main lobby through the boiling house, you are greeted with an industrial style foyer leading you into the library lounge. A simply breathtaking setting with 33,000 books line the walls up to the ceiling, leading your gaze to the three stunning chandeliers above. The turbine hall is a listed part of the building, which features the buildings most contemporary feature; a large conference room with superior acoustic qualities due to the large use of concrete. Original stone features have been maintained and enhanced with the addition of locally sourced oak. The rooms feature unique sizes and shapes, with no two rooms of the same size due to the original buildings modifications along the years. The rooms each feature an original photograph of the brewery along with modern facilities merged with traditional oak flooring. For ultimate relaxation in surroundings fusing modern high design with aged industrial appeal, head to Zurich. (Image Credit: Althammer Hochuli Architekten)


The Harbour Rocks Hotel, Sydney, Australia

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Featuring 125 year old brickwork, this former 1887 bond store has been converted into a boutique hotel which maintains the original characteristics and charism of the original structure. The building is protected with a high level of heritage restrictions, yet the designers were able to combine original features with modern interiors taking advantage of the buildings historical qualities. As you enter the lobby, a custom made chandelier created entirely from wax welcomes you in soft lighting. The interiors have been maintained very warm and cozy, with soft and ambient lighting reminiscent to candlelight. The original stone and brick walls have been exposed once again and soft furnishings have been used to enhance and not contrast the colours create cozy feel. The Hotel boasts a wine bar in the lobby, with direct street access for guests and non-guests to enjoy. (Image Credit:SJB Interiors)


Follonico Boutique Hotel, Montepulciano, Italy

Follonico Boutique Hotel Italy

Owned and managed by a family, this small boutique hotel is based in a refurbished old Tuscan farmhouse in rural Italy. By reintroducing traditional local materials, the hotel has been revived into an intimate hotel with two standard rooms and four suites. You can see the use of locally sourced materials throughout the entire hotel, from the terracotta tiles to the wooden beams and furniture. The rooms have been kept light and airy with neutral shades and reclaimed wooden doors used as focal art pieces on the walls. This boutique hotel provides an optimal experience enhanced by the beautifully created interiors connecting you to the surrounding rural landscape. (Image Credit: Follonico)


Hotel Cycle, Hiroshima, Japan

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Set in a specialist cycling centre, a converted seafront warehouse becomes this modern hotel. The external structure has been retained  taking advantage of the original concrete and brickwork. The hotel features 28 suites, and a central concourse featuring the restaurant and bar. Cycle enthusiasts can literally cycle around the cafe on dedicated cycle ‘lanes’ and into the hotel and take their bicycles into the bedrooms and place it on a readily available hook for out of the way storage. The industrial look has been complemented with sleek black metal staircases and industrial light fittings. Appealing for its modern artistic flair and pro-bicycle attitude, the hotel brings this converted warehouse seamlessly into the 21st century. (Image Credit: Suppose Design Office)


L’Hotel Fontevraud, Loire Valley, France

Abbaye-de-Fontevraud France

Built in 1101 this structure was formerly the priory of Saint-Lazare and later converted into a prison by Napoleon in the 1800’s. Since its restoration in the late 1980’s, it has received UNESCO World Heritage status. The hotel features 54 rooms which have been created in the originally Abbey part of the priory, a publicly accessible bar located in the former chapel, a restaurant sits in the centre of the abbey, a banqueting hall is now in the place of the former refectory and finally, a range of cloistered herb and flower gardens in the courtyard. The aesthetics of the original arches and stone work has been restored to there magnificent glory creating depth and space in the restaurant and bar areas. The rooms bring modern charm with influences of the priory’s historical link to nuns and monks having an effect on the use of colours and materials used. L’Hotel Fontevraud presents a modern hotel that does not aspire to be known for being ‘hip’ but rather for bringing people into a cultural experience, so if this is what you are after, look no further. (Image Credit: Nicolas Mathéus)